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February Imaging Industry News

Posted on: 02.05.15 by Digirad

The imaging industry is continually evolving, and it’s important to stay informed about the changes that may impact the development, operation, maintenance, and growth of your imaging services.

ImageGuide Registry Launched by ASNC

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) announced the launch of ImageGuide, the nation’s first cardiovascular nuclear imaging data registry. The registry is designed to ensure and optimize the quality of nuclear cardiac studies conducted in nuclear cardiology laboratories by interpreting physicians. Improving laboratory efficiency, optimizing patient radiation exposure, downstream cost minimization, and the improving patient care are among the goals of the registry. Continue Reading…

ASNC Names New President for 2015

On January 1st, the ASNC’s newest president, Dr. David Wolinsky, took office. Wolinsky, Section Head of Nuclear Cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida, is considered a leader in the nuclear cardiology field. Wolinsky is a founding member of the ASNC, and he continues to work as an active teacher and lecturer at regional and national meetings. During his tenure, Wolinsky plans to focus on appropriate use criteria and maximizing the value of nuclear cardiology testing to provide high-quality, cost-effective cardiac care. Continue Reading…

Experts Say Money for SGR Fix Is Available

Many in the healthcare industry agree it’s time to replace the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician payments under Medicare. Previous efforts to repeal the SGR have failed mainly due to budgetary concerns, but offsetting the $140 billion cost of repeal is possible through means-testing and competitive bidding, experts testified before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. Continue Reading…

Assessing Brain Death

Though published in December 2013, this article provides important information concerning the delays in determination of brain death when neurodiagnostic testing is not available. How costly is the delay? When brain injury is resistant to aggressive management and is considered fatal, a brain death protocol may be initiated to determine death according to neurological criteria. According to the study, intracranial pathophysiology leading to brain death must be considered along with clinical assessment, patterns of vital signs, and relevant diagnostic studies. Continue Reading…

 



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